LD Nic Cave-Lynch Lights Eclipse, Pink Floyd Tribute from New Zealand

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Pink Floyd tribute?  New Zealand?  CHAUVET Professional fixtures and equipment?  Full-speed win!  Check out an interview from this month’s Lighting Insights newsletter with lighting designer Nic Cave-Lynch about his work for New Zealand-based Pink Floyd tribute Eclipse!

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NZ trip: Returning home

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

I’m back in the US. Just getting home from work and picking up some Indian take out. I bought a phone card and texted Annie to tell her. She texted me back to tell me that she was OK, but there was a terrible earthquake. I told her to not joke about that. At the same time, I was looking online to see if she was for real. Christchurch has been hit with a 6.1 aftershock from the 7.1 that they had last year. I spent the rest of the evening texting her back and forth until her cell battery died. The phones are out, the power is out, and the water is out. The damage in town is terrible, but luckily, they were out-of-town. Finally the next day, she called me to let me know that she was OK and I spoke to Connor as well. I am just so happy that they are OK and that the airport is open. They leave tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see them.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip. Getting to see the family and making new friends has been amazing as always. With the recent earthquake, I am rather glad that I got to see the city of Christchurch in its best light as I know that it will never be the same again. Some of the photos in this blog are pictures of things that don’t exist even a week after taking them. It’s amazing to think that the church bells are silenced and that many of the oldest buildings are gone forever. With regards to the people I met that are in our industry across the country of New Zealand, thank you for your hospitality.

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NZ trip: Day 14, Christchurch

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Three thirty in the morning is really early. Again. I am up getting the final touches on my packing. Connor is out cold in his bed, but Annie is up with me. I hate leaving her here, but I have to go to China for meetings. I tell her that I love her and to stay safe. There have been people saying that they were due for another good-sized earthquake. I was just hoping that it would hold off until after they left and were on their way home.

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NZ trip: Day 13, Christchurch

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

It’s my last day in NZ.  I still have shopping to do as I have not gotten any gifts for anyone back home. We still had to go see one of Annie’s friends and we wanted to do some local tourist stuff as well. We started out by going Punting on the Avon. The Avon is a shallow river that winds its way through Christchurch. It is a very pure and clean river except for all of the ducks. This is also the source of the drinking water for the city. Don’t worry, it is filtered.

Perfect day to be on the water.

The punter of the boat told us that when the British decided to build a settlement here, it was only because they could not get their boats any further up the river. Sometimes the simple reason is the best reason. Nonetheless, the ride was really neat and in all her time living there, Annie had never done this. Connor just liked putting his hand in the water and taking pictures of all of the ducks.

Jeff, our Punter was really funny and full of information.

After the punting, we did some shopping, saw Annie’s friend, and then came back into town. We took a ride on the tram. The tram is a historical trip through the city with the driver as the narrator. Very enjoyable and informative. Annie wanted to get off in one of the parks and have a very special vanilla ice cream. She was right, it was good. Connor was chasing the birds around the park until we got back on the tram and took it all the way back to the town square. We got off and I had my last walk around the square. We went back out to Trish and Neil’s for dinner. Also, my last chance to get a fish and chip meal for awhile.

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NZ trip: Day 12, Christchurch

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Trish and Neil’s older son Iain’s birthday is today. We picked up Connor, Iain, and his girlfriend and took them back into town. We went to lunch at the same place we had the Waitangi Day breakfast. The food at the coffee house is excellent and was worth the return trip. After that, we took a walk to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

The gardens, which are huge by the way, were in full bloom and it looked and smelled fantastic. Iain and his girlfriend were happy to walk around the gardens with us and play with Connor in the huge trees with low branches. Connor was having a great time climbing on the trees and posing for pictures. For Annie and I, it is starting to kick in that I would be leaving in just two days and they would be here for another week. It’s hard knowing that I would also be home about four days before them. I think that I am missing them already.

Later in the evening, we went back to the Below Zero Ice Bar to have a drink to celebrate Iain’s birthday. We got to choose from a list of drinks and had about 30 minutes in the room. I’m originally from Rochester, NY., and I left the cold for a reason and here I am back in a freezer surrounded by ice while it’s about 24c. Yep, I have lost my mind. The bar was really a lot of fun and everyone had a great time. I highly recommend checking it out.

Annie and Connor get cozy at Below Zero Ice Bar.

Even the glasses were made of ice. Cheers! Happy birthday, Iain.

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NZ trip: Day 11, Christchurch

WWritten by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

Back to Christchurch and the real start of my vacation. Annie keeps asking me what I want to do. To be honest, I was just so happy to be able to devote my full attention to not having to “do” anything. We went out to Trish’s house. She and her husband, Neil, offered to take Connor for the night and let him have a sleep over. Annie and I went back to town. We picked up a bottle of Champagne, went out for a quick snack and back to the hotel. Happy Valentine’s day, Annie.

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NZ trip: Day 10, Wellington

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET® Professional

For the weekend, we are tourists. John and Julie are my wife’s brother and sister-in-law.  John is Annie’s oldest brother and they were good enough to show us around Wellington for two days. We went to the New Zealand Parliament and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Te Papa in Maori means “our place”. The museum is free and just asks for donations at the end. There were exhibits about everything from the Maori culture, the wildlife of NZ, a video history of the ups and downs of NZ since about 1935 and even a giant squid. My son could not stop talking about the giant squid. I have to say I thought it was really cool as well.

They had an earthquake simulator that could simulate about a 4.1 earthquake. Connor was none too impressed and managed to run out of there at top speed. I don’t think he was a fan of it. I am still driving the car most of the time. I am no fan of driving on the other side of the road. Now it’s not that it’s harder or anything, it’s more the fact that I was just sick of having to concentrate so much harder to stay in the correct lane, not make any turns on red, and most importantly, to remember that the person turning in front of you has the right of way. To anyone I cut off, sorry about that mate.

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